LABORATORIES, DESIGN & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES II - 2024/5

Module code: EEE1028

Module Overview

Expected prior/parallel learning: None

Module purpose: 

This module is the second module a student will encounter within the Laboratory, Design and Professional Studies group of modules. In builds upon EEE1027 in semester 1 and sees the introduction of project work alongside experiment. In subsequent years students building on their labs, design and professional studies work in Year 2 (EEE2036 in semester 1 and EEE2037 in semester 2) and EEE3035 in year 3.  Working individually or in groups on technical engineering projects requires a wide range of professional skills. Linking the laboratory work closely with professional development stresses the importance of developing an integrated portfolio of project skills. Both units of assessment must be passed individually. No compensation is allowed for this module.  

 

Module provider

Computer Science and Electronic Eng

Module Leader

SUN Zhili (CS & EE)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Learning Hours: 75

Lecture Hours: 9

Laboratory Hours: 30

Guided Learning: 14

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes the following.


  1. Practical Laboratory skills

  2. Design skills covering and circuit design and characterisation

  3. Report Writing Skills


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS 67
Coursework PCB AND GROUP TENDER DESIGN EXERCISE 33

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following:

·         their knowledge of electronic equipment, including the tools needed for assembly of circuits, and the electronic instruments needed to test and make measurements.

·         their ability of managing processes behind product design and associated transferable skills .

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.

·         Assessment of their practical skills via supervised lab sessions worth 67% of the module.

·         Assessment of their project design skills worth 33% of the module.

 

Formative assessment and feedback

For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.

·         During lab sessions, by question and answer sessions and discussions with the demonstrators and staff present

·         During meetings with the academic staff and other contributors

·         Via the marking of coursework

·         During supervised laboratory sessions

Module aims

  • Give students an understanding of some of the principles of electronic engineering, including the design of circuits and systems/products;
  • Provide the opportunity required for professional accreditation for all year 1 students to gain the practical experience that will lead to competency in laboratory practice;
  • Reinforce lecture material so that students experience for themselves the relationship between theory and practice.
  • Develop an appreciation of the ideas behind product design and development.
  • Introduce peer-review processes.
  • Introduce concepts and tools of project management, team work and leadership.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to one or more the Surrey Pillars described below.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Ref
001 Demonstrate, without assistance, the ability to build and fault-find/correct electronic circuits KC C12
002 Demonstrate the ability to apply basic design methodologies to practical electronics circuits, including demonstrating the ability to use simulation as an aid to design KC C5
003 Demonstrate effective oral and written presentation skills and be able to present oral and written summaries of technical data during project planning PT C17, C18
004 Work effectively in teams during product design sessions PT C16

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims:


  • communicate knowledge and information on basic electronic equipment, including tools needed for assembly of circuits, and electronic instruments needed to test and make measurements through supervised laboratory work;

  • Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their laboratory skills in the design, construction and testing of electronic circuits through supervised laboratory work;

  • Provide opportunities for students to develop as professional engineers by introducing students to aspects of design, including PCB design, through supervised workshops



 

Learning and teaching methods include the following:


  • 9 hours of lectures to aid student understanding of analogue electronics

  • 30 hours of supervised laboratory work to aid the student in the preparation of the lab experimental work and to demonstrate their laboratory skills

  • 12 hours of Design workshops to improve student skills in design

  • 14 hours of guided material with problems on analogue electronics with fully worked out solutions



 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Other information

  • Digital capabilities: Students will gain proficiency in the use of electronic equipment for individual experiments and small scale projects. Students will improve their writing skills for both individual and team based projects. Students will gain experience in data analysis.  
  • Employability: This module provides the opportunity for students to gain hand-on experience and advanced competency in laboratory practice and to develop essential transferable skills including basic research, presentation skills and group work. This will equip students with important skills spanning both technical and non-technical areas that are essential for an engineer. 
  • Resourcefulness and resilience: Students will demonstrate their resourcefulness and resilience through the completion of individual experiments and small scale projects including choice of equipment and fault finding. Such activities will improve a student’s planning and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Global and cultural intelligence: Students will learn to work together with students from different backgrounds to solve problems, especially in the group based activities.   
  • Sustainability Students will need to consider efficiency in their design of their experiments.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Astronautics and Space Engineering MEng(CORE) 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.